|My sweet autumn clematis in 2013.|
Gardening has had a difficult sell with drought and brutal winters here. An aging population with a declining number of first time home owner taking up the spade has probably also had an impact.
My sweet autumn clematis did not make it through the winter last year. I gave it until mid-July before I started looking for one. Although I did not make this a priority, I kept my eyes open. I never came across one. I like to buy plants in person when I can. This aspect of garden will probably be changing as fewer and fewer choice perennials will be offered locally. That colorful basket of annuals has a lot more fans and will sell a lot quicker than that perennial when it is not in bloom.
The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.